PRETORIA - Different South African sectors are synchronising their act on Monday, as Pretoria prepares to host the highly anticipated 10th summit of the Brics bloc -- which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa -- to be held in July.
“One of the things we did last year is that we found that think-tank and academic forum is working in one compartment, and our business [sector] was working in another compartment, and government in another compartment," Ambassador Anil Sooklal, the department of international relations’ Deputy Director General responsible for Asia and Middle East said at a stakeholders workshop in Pretoria.
"So we took the initiative to bring them all together. We said they must interact. I called Prof. Ari Sitas who leads that process [the SA BRICS Think Tank], and I called Dr [Iqbal] Surve who leads the [SA] Brics Business Council, and the department of trade was also there.
“We had a workshop and we agreed that there must be synergy between what we are doing. We agreed that we need to interface more closely between each other so that we don’t work in compartments and we all suffer as a result. We had that first workshop, and we will have a second workshop next Friday with all these entities.”
Ahead of the 10th summit, Sooklal said “the movers and shakers” will be jetting into South Africa often, as preparations intensify.